Google sued over reproducing news extracts from AFP

May 2005

Press, Internet

Agence France Presse (AFP) has issued legal proceedings against Google in the Us District Court for the District of Columbia alleging the Web search engine includes AFP’s photos, news headlines and stories on its news site without permission. The French news service is seeking damages of at least US$17.5 million and an order barring Google News from displaying AFP photographs, news headlines or story leads. AFP provides material by subscription and does not provide free content. Google News gathers photos and news stories from around the Web and posts them on its news site, which is free to users. AFP claim that Google is, without authorisation, continuously and willfully reproducing and publicly displaying AFP’s photographs, headlines and story leads on its Google News web pages.AFP said it has informed Google that it is not authorised to use AFP’s copyrighted material as it does and has asked Google to cease and desist from infringing its copyrighted work. AFP alleged that Google has ignored such requests and as of the filing date of the lawsuit “continues in an unabated manner to violate AFP’s copyrights.”


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